Luxist recently sat down with Shane Krige, general manager of the Plaza Hotel, to discuss (see video below) and view the newly renovated landmark building across from New York's Central Park. The hotel, which will celebrate its 103rd anniversary in October, underwent a complete restoration which cost upwards of $450 million.
As part of the restoration, the Palm Court was returned to its original design not seen for years. Its newly launched afternoon tea service is not to be missed. Known as the heart and soul of The Plaza, the Palm Court is a vast landmark space bordered by mirrored doors, fleur-de-peche marble columns and crowned with a domed yellow-and-green skylight. The $6.5 million restoration included the re-creation of the original 1,800 square foot stained-glass lay light that dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. The airy, romantic space within the legendary hotel is nothing short of breathtaking.